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Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Review: Trial by Fire by Chris Cannon

Trial by Fire (Going Down in Flames #3) by Chris Cannon
Genre: Young Adult (Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: April 4, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Bryn’s hopes for a peaceful new semester at school go up in smoke when someone tries to kill her—again. She’s not sure which is scarier, facing the radicals who want to sacrifice her for their cause, or her impending nightmare of a Directorate-arranged marriage to her nemesis, Jaxon.

The one bright spot in her life is Valmont, her smoking-hot knight who is assigned to watch over her twenty-four hours a day. Is what she feels for him real or just a side effect of the dragon-knight bond? At this point, stopping the impending civil war might be easier than figuring out her love life.

She may have to live in their world, but she doesn’t have to play by their rules.

Trial by Fire is the third book in the Going Down in Flames series by Chris Cannon. I thought Bryn was going to make changes "in a big way" during this book, but she's actually doing something better. She's being more subtle about it, and I don't think she's even doing the "subtle" thing on purpose necessarily, because well .. let's face it, she's not known for being subtle. But, this is better for the other dragons who are set in their ways. She's making changes and, they don't even see it yet or at least the Directorate doesn't.

We saw Bryn and Valmont's relationship change a lot this time around too. Valmont is not as confident as I thought he was in the previous books. It was nice to see he had some vulnerabilities, and wasn't always so cocky. I just don't see them as a good couple though. I'm still Team Jaxon. There is more to him than the "ass hat". I know he's who has been chosen for her, and no one wants to be forced into a relationship with anyone, but I think they fit well... and I to think they both protest a little too much. There has to be something more there. Right?

I'm crazy addicted to this series!

Trial by Fire by Chris Cannon was kindly provided to me by Mark My Words Book Publicity for review. The opinions are my own.

Sunday, Bryn was happy to find herself at Suzette’s without Jaxon, watching Lillith and the other Blue women ooh and ahh over baby clothes. It made the normally cold and standoffish Blues seem far more human and likable.

And the pie was awesome. Bryn dug into her third piece of cherry pie, while her grandmother handed another gift to Lillith. It seemed her grandmother and Lillith had become friends, which was nice and terrifying at the same time. Nice because Lillith seemed like she needed friends, and terrifying because it implied to all present that they were working at cementing an alliance between the two families, aka the nightmare marriage between her and Jaxon.

Valmont stood on guard off to the side, with a polite smile plastered on his face.

“Isn’t this adorable?” Lillith held out a tiny tuxedo.

A tuxedo for a baby? Seriously? There was even a tiny bow tie. Poor kid. If Clint thought penguin suits were uncomfortable now, what would they be like for a baby?

Bryn leaned over and spoke to the woman next to her. “Can you really get a baby to wear one of those?”

“Of course.” She seemed shocked by the question.

No wonder Jaxon and his friends acted so stiff and formal. It had been drummed into them since birth.

Lillith unwrapped Bryn’s present next.

“Oh, Bryn, I love it.” She held out the silver rattle with Westgate engraved down the side so everyone could see.

Warmth bloomed in Bryn’s chest, somewhat filling the gaping hole left by her parents death. If she had to marry Jaxon, at least she’d gain Lillith as a mother-in-law. Oh, holy hell, are there drugs in the cherry pie? How’d I think that without flinching?

She smiled at Lillith. “I’m glad you like it.”

“You know, if things turn out like we expect, you could receive one of these one day.” Lillith beamed.

Bryn opened her mouth to object, vehemently and with great gusto and many obscenities, at the idea of giving birth to Jaxon’s children. It was bad enough she’d thought about marrying him, but having his kids deserved a whole other level of freaking out. Then she realized every woman in the room was staring at her. She swallowed her, over-my-dead-body response, and said, “It is a possibility.”

Her grandmother nodded, but Bryn didn’t know whether it was a response to how Bryn had handled the situation or if she was nodding in agreement. She ate two more pieces of pie to quell the instinct to run screaming from the room.

Check out my review of the other books in this series!

Award winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures and snarky contemporary romance.

To learn more about Chris Cannon and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebookTumblrPinterest, and Twitter.

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